Genesis - Genesis

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Genesis is the twelfth studio album by British progressive rock band Genesis, originally released in October 1983 via Charisma Records in the UK and Atlantic Records in the US.

Formed by five Charterhouse pupils in Surrey, 1967, including keyboardist Tony Banks, bassist/guitarist Mike Rutherford, lead singer Peter Gabriel, and Anthony PhillpsGenesis was named by former producer Jonathan King who arranged them to record several unsuccessful singles and an album. After splitting with King, the group began touring professionally, signing with Charisma Records. Following the departure of Phillips, Genesis recruited drummer/singer Phil Collins and guitarist Steve Hackett, recording several progressive rock albums, with live shows centred around Gabriel's theatrical costumes and performances, eventually going on to record a total of fifteen studio and six live albums, six of which topped the UK chart. Gabriel left the band in 1975 and Collins took on the role of vocalist.

After wrapping up their two-month tour of North America and Europe in October 1982, Genesis reconvened in May the following year to start work on their next studio album at The Farm, the band's Chiddingfold recording studio. Genesis was developed differently from the band's previous albums, the songs composed in the studio through improvisation, rather than band members bringing in complete songs as was the case with previous albums. Balancing sleek, pulsating pop tunes with a touch for aching ballads, Genesis established the group as primarily a rock band, moving away from the progressive rock sound of previous albums. 

The album kicks off with a stunning track Mama, in which Collin's vocals sound totally ominous and scary with his laughter, coupled with sensational drumming. The drum sound reminds "The Captain" of the drum sound in Collin's solo single In The Air Tonight. That's All is a more straight forward styled pop song, however the closing two tracks on Side A are more prog rock than pop, Home By The Sea and Second Home By The Sea. Although many music critics view Genesis as having thrown away their progressive and art rock heritage, it was still evident on this album as the tracks build to a keyboard driven climax, and then resolving back to the core song melody.

Side B is more pop oriented, however the closing track It's Gonna Get Better has progressive influences in it's structure, arrangement and keyboard work, bringing the album to a great close. This is one of "The Captain's" favourite Genesis albums, accessible with great meoldies, but still retains the essence of the band's creative flow of developing songs into more complex pieces of music.

In 1985 Genesis received a Grammy Award nomination for Best Rock Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal while "Second Home by the Sea" was nominated for Best Rock Instrumental Performance.

Genesis reached #1 on the UK and #9 on the US Billboard 200 Albums charts, where it recieved 2x Platinum and 4x Platinum Certifications respectively.

Five singles were released from the album: "Mama", "That's All", "Home by the Sea", "Illegal Alien", and "Taking It All Too Hard".

This LP record is a limited reissue (2013) on 180 gram heavyweight vinyl with a printed inner sleeve featuring remastered audio, pressed in Europe.

(0602537574162)

Tracklisting:

 

 

Track

Time

A1

Mama

6:47

A2

That's All

4:24

A3

Home By The Sea

5:07

A4

Second Home By The Sea

6:08

B1

Illegal Alien

5:13

B2

Taking It All Too Hard

3:56

B3

Just A Job To Do

4:46

B4

Silver Rainbow

4:28

B5

It's Gonna Get Better

5:00

 

SKU 0602537574162
Record Label Virgin Records
Label / Model # Universal
Catalogue Number 0602537574162
Country EU - Europe
Release Date (Year) 11 November 2013
Original Release Date (Year) 03 October 1983
Barcode # 0602537574162
Shipping Weight 0.2900kg
Shipping Width 0.005m
Shipping Height 0.314m
Shipping Length 0.314m
Shipping Cubic 0.000493m3
Type New
Format Limited Edition LP Record, 180 Gram Heavyweight Vinyl, Printed Inner Sleeve, Reissue, Remastered Audio
Vinyl Colour Black
Genre Progressive Rock
Genre Rock
Genre Pop Rock
Format VINYL LP

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